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this is "world news." tonight, plan of attack. new details about the plan for the u.s. military strike in syria. would the action be much bigger than anyone thought? a fiery mystery solved. on that giant fire that almost destroyed yosemite, we learn who started it, one man with a bad idea. and, "help me." two teens spot a woman who seems to signal she's being kidnapped and they spring into action. >> oh, my god, oh, my god! get him. oh, my god! >> tonight catch a suspect. >> good evening on this thursday night, and the world was watching today as two rivals came face to face, president obama and vladimir putin of
russia. the question was looming. what will russia do if the u.s. launches a military strike on syria. tonight abc news is learning that strike could be a lot bigger than we thought. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl is with the president tonight on the ground in russia. >> reporter: president obama's first encounter here with vladimir putin lasted a scant 17 seconds. smiles aside, the white house sees zero chance of changing russia's staunch opposition to attacking syria. >> any progress on syria today in the talk? >> we were talking about the economy. >> reporter: later mr. obama headed to a dinner of world leaders nearly an hour late leaving him to take a long walk alone to the russian palace to dine with leaders who, for the most part, will not take part in a military strike on syria. alone or not, abc news has learned the president's national security team is preparing for a significantly larger military
attack than most had anticipated. the air campaign which is expected to last at least two days will potentially include an aerial bombardment of missiles and long-range bombs fired from b-2 and b-52 bombers flying from the united states. that in addition to a relentless assault from tomahawk missiles fired from four navy destroyers. those ships are loaded with nearly 200 missiles. plans call for firing the vast majority of them. as one senior national security official told abc news, this military strike could do more damage to assad's forces in 48 hours than the syrian rebels have done in nearly two years of civil war. that's more than president obama seemed to be suggesting just days ago. >> what we are envisioning is something limited. we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this. >> reporter: diane, making things worse tonight, a new video obtained by the "new york times" that appears to show a
group of syrian rebels executing a group of syrian soldiers in cold blood. it is the kind of activity, the kind of gruesomeness, that makes it a lot harder to build support for the cause. >> raising so many questions about the rebels themselves. jon, if this vote were held tonight, is the president winning or losing his campaign to get congressional approval for a strike? >> if congress were to hold a vote today, almost certainly it would fail. in fact, the abc news political unit has been counting votes. in the house the magic number is 217 votes needed to either pass or fail. take a look at this. right now our political teams count 217 house members either firmly no or leaning no, voting against the resolution. that doesn't mean it's over, but it sure looks bad right now for president obama and congress. >> so the president's got a lot of tough persuasion ahead if he can do this. thank you so much, jon. now we turn back here at
home to a mystery solved. it seems almost impossible but we have learned what caused the giant wildfire that almost destroyed yosemite. tonight the forest service believes one man, one hunter with one campfire, lit the flame that almost destroyed the ancient sequoias, the mighty mountains. in the fire zone tonight, here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: firefighters don't know when they'll stop the massive rim fire, but tonight they know how it started. officials today blamed a hunter for burning an illegal campfire that got out of control. ? in just 20 days it's already chewed through more than 370 square miles of forest and an area bigger than dallas, texas, and over 100 structures. cost so far? $77 million. that unidentified hunter has not been arrested, but may be on the hook to pay back at least some of the cost. the forest service says nearly
nine in ten wildfires are caused by people. one of the reasons they're rolling out smokey the bear 2.0. >> reporter: in new public service announcements, conscientious campers get hugs. >> only you can prevent wildfires. >> reporter: but the message is the same as it was 70 years ago. fires are serious. in this case, one person may have nearly destroyed a national treasure, yosemite national park. clayton sandell, abc news, colorado springs. from the fire in the west we turn to the churning waters across the caribbean tonight. that is gabrielle as seen from space losing power, downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression. we have been tracking it. puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands are getting hit with heavy rain, but at this point we can say gabrielle still poses no threat to the mainland u.s. we have a consumer alert tonight about one of the most popular brands of greek yogurt, chobani.
people complained about the taste of some of the yogurt next to a report that mold could be to blame. tonight chobani took action. abc's david kerley has the details. >> reporter: after days of complaints across the country tonight, chobani yogurt has finally issued a recall. the problem? mold, in various sizes of cups of the all natural product. >> we try to do it as pure as possible. >> reporter: the founder of the fast growing company issued a statement. "i'm sorry we let you down," he said on the company's website, adding, "the mold is common in the dairy environment but it is still unacceptable to me and all of our yogurt makers." the affected product came out of the company's idaho facility. some customers complained of getting sick, others of bulging containers. one said her yogurt was unnervingly fizzy. chobani is just five years old and has grown into a billion dollar company. although a spokesperson was unable to tell us how many units are involved, the company claims
only five percent of its production was affected and the vast majority of the recalled product is already off shelves. david kerley, abc news, washington. next tonight, walmart. in 15 cities today walmart faced protests about the money paid its employees. this is a walmart in miami where protestors urged management to provide all employees a wage of at least $12 an hour. across the country last week you'll remember fast food workers went on strike, also because of the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. walmart management, by the way, says that more than half of their employees are making more than $12 an hour. we also have a new headline tonight from the cdc about those electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes they are called. more people are using them. among teens users have doubled. hollywood stars inviting everyone to enjoy the vapor filled with nicotine.
we asked abc's david wright to tell us about the risks. >> reporter: the first new tv ad from big tobacco in 40 years hits the air waves in colorado this month. the product made by r.j. reynolds, one of many high-tech devices that promise all the pleasures of smoking without actually lighting up. >> now i do the electronic cigarettes. >> reporter: actress katherine heigl recently sold david letterman on the allure. >> you're awfully good with that. >> this is remarkable. >> reporter: celebrity smokers have become walking ads for these gadgets which came on the market a few years ago and are now hugely popular. $500 million worth sold last year according to industry estimates, double that this year. people who do it call it vaping, not smoking. they insist it's not secondhand smoke. it's just water vapor. >> is it safe? >> yes. >> you hope so.
>> reporter: the trouble is, no one knows. in the u.s. e-cigarettes are completely unregulated. you have no idea what you are actually lighting up. >> one brand which was tested by the fda a couple of years back showed that it contained antifreeze which is poisonous. >> reporter: no one can say for sure that the vapor is safe. >> we don't know whether using electronic cigarettes over the long term may predispose you to lung damage, may predispose you to pneumonia. >> reporter: because they're unregulated, people can quietly vape in places where smoking is banned. ex-smokers swear by it, saying it's helping them quit. >> it's less harmful to my health. that's how i see it for myself. >> reporter: anything is better than smoking, right? maybe, maybe not. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> there is a picture that caught our eye from overseas today. take a look. an epic pileup in england, more than 130 cars stretching the width of a giant bridge. eye witnesses describing a kind of chain reaction, ten minutes of crash after crash after
crash, and the fog was being blamed. 60 people were injured. back here at home we turn to a big spike in car sales in the u.s. and a "world news" investigation of something used to make the sale. we asked american families if they can trust what they're being told about the history of the car they're buying. abc's david muir is here with a major development and real answers in his investigation. david? >> reporter: you'll remember our team of producers armed with hidden cameras out to test one of the most popular tools used to sell you and your family a car. six months later we go back, and why we're not the only ones now looking for real answers. >> reporter: perhaps you've seen the ads. >> show me the car fax. >> reporter: 40 bucks and you get the history of the car you're looking to buy. but we wanted to know does that car fax report always tell you everything about that used car? our producer is heading out with hidden cameras. at this dealership in new jersey we met rico and asked him to show us this 2011 mazda and 2011
hyundai. it took just minutes before he turned to the car fax. >> when you click on the car fax, no accidents, one owner. >> reporter: the car fax report on both cars shows no accidents, no damage reported to car fax. but what they and the dealership didn't know is that we would do our own research. >> i'm david muir with abc news. >> reporter: about to reveal the true history. >> we have a police report right here which says the mazda was in a major accident. not only that, we contacted the former owner of the mazda who told us he was in that accident and they were the middle car. >> i don't look under the hood of these cars or anything like that. >> when that car fax doesn't reveal that that car has been in an accident, a major collision, do you not see something wrong there? >> you have to take that up with the car fax themselves. >> reporter: so we did. at car fax headquarters in virginia. >> when an american family shows
up on the car lot and says show me the car fax, are they getting a full and complete report on that car? >> they will get the full and complete car fax report on that car. >> that's not what i'm asking. i'm asking are they getting the full picture of the history on that car? >> there is no full history on anything. >> reporter: car fax works with police stations, dmvs, body shops but acknowledge they can't work with everyone, and they say in every one of their printed reports they suggest you get an inspection, take it for a test drive. >> does it say that in the ads? >> it does not say that. >> reporter: six months later we wanted to know any change in any of those ads. they wouldn't comment, but we noticed this ad before and a nearly identical one now with one different line. >> nobody knows everything, but a car fax report is a great place to start. >> reporter: we went back to that dealership. in fact, that dealership now suing car fax, and more than 400 dealerships joining, too. a $150 million lawsuit, arguing car fax has monopoly power when
it comes to car history reports. >> when you saw that we revealed the true history of those cars? >> the problem is after we saw your report, car fax had no accountability to their reports. >> reporter: and we wondered about rico. >> hey rico! >> reporter: there he was on the lot. he now offers a history report from one of car fax's competitors, too. along with this. >> you say now take it for a test drive and check with a mechanic. >> check with a mechanic if you want to just to protect your investment. >> reporter: rico still on the job there but now offering more than the car fax. a report from a competitor as well, auto check. experts say every buyer should ask for multiple history reports. most importantly have a mechanic look at the car because those reports aren't always the complete history. diane, as you heard in that car fax ad, nobody knows everything. >> they now say that. thank you so much, david muir, for staying on the case tonight. still ahead on "world news," in two minutes we'll be back with the story of two hero teenagers who saw a woman mouth help me and chased a suspected
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and now talk about the ultimate team player, a high school football tackle with college scouts checking out his foot work on the field, but at halftime he changes his jersey to help out the cheerleading team. abc's jon donvan with the amazing story of a dallas athlete who is america strong. >> reporter: see the eagles of the episcopal school of dallas play ball. see this eagles defensive lineman take down an opponent. now see the same guy -- yes, it is the same guy -- cheering for the eagles at half time. he sure gets around. armand fernandez-pierre. at 335 pounds, he's american high school football's only cheerleader/defensive lineman. which came about how? well, he played football until the 8th grade, but then he got tackled hard. >> it partially severed my spinal cord. i was paralyzed on the right-hand side.
>> reporter: so he found a new outlet where he could get better. >> i was encouraged to try out for cheerleader. >> reporter: and was good at it. but then, the varsity football coach spotted him out there. >> he just asked me to come and try out. >> reporter: cleared by the doctors, armand put the uniform back on. but only on the condition he would still get to join his other team, the cheerleaders at halftime and at pep rallies like this. and so it is working out, and if you think the front is hard, armand says just try wearing the mascot suit. >> one of the funnest times and one of the hottest times of my high school career. >> reporter: so yeah, armand's got game. and he's also got half time, where sometimes the cheers come back at him. >> i have to strive to do my best, a tribute to my school. oh, god, i hate getting emotional. >> reporter: that's called america strong. jon donvan, abc news, washington. >> and a championship story. we thank you for watching. we're always there at
abcnews.com. "nightline" will be here later and i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, good night. tonight a bizarre case of hit and run loafs a sun bather dead. >> you're go owe going to hear from hundred who's will lose their jobs as a hospital chain writes a prescription for profits. >> in sacramento, a
substantial change to california's drug sentencing laws. possession of cocaine or heroin could be considered a misdemeanor instead of a fell ni progress report on what promises to be the grand central station of the west entering a new phase of construction. >> a hit and run fatality under investigation in san francisco tonight. it does d.not happen on the street but on the grassy noel of a city park. >> a city worker is suspected hit and run driver. this happened this afternoon at holly park not far from where 101 meets interstate 280. ama? >> carolyn, people living near this park and frequent of park are saddened to hear a mother was killed here today just behind me on that grassy area. there is a white towel there, that is where the woman was
with her child. as well as her dog, the child and dog were not injured. a police officer tells me a parks department vehicle struck the woman then took off. you're taking a look at the vehicle. the driver, a park employee is being questioned at the time. when this happened people were here at the park and many tried to help the woman. there was a nurse here that tried to help but she did pass away. a woman would who live as cross from the park and has been here since the 50s says maintenance vehicles have been a problem here sometime its been a major beef of mine because they just drive randomly here. even after hours, one had his truck and was taking baseball kids up there.